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Press Invitation: Marine Regions Forum 30.09. - 02.10.2019

Press Invitation: Marine Regions Forum 30.09. - 02.10.2019
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Press invitation

Marine Regions Forum 2019:

30 September to 2 October 2019, Berlin, Germany

Achieving a healthy ocean - Regional ocean governance beyond 2020

- What are prevalent and emerging ocean issues, after the IPCC special report on
  the ocean and the cryoshpere (to be published on 25th September, just after 
  the UN Climate Action Summit)?
- What role can marine regions play to achieve a healthy ocean?
- From the Pacific to the Baltic, from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, what 
  are the best practices and innovative solutions implemented in marine regions? 

You are kindly invited to the Marine Regions Forum 2019

The Forum will provide a major opportunity to hear and meet high level speakers, actors of marine regions and key stakeholders from all over the world.

The Marine Regions Forum 2019 aims to develop clear recommendations, catalyse actionable outputs and build partnerships for stronger regional ocean governance, making a timely contribution to the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The outcomes of the Marine Regions Forum 2019 will feed into key ocean governance policy processes both regionally and globally, in particular the 2020 UN Ocean Conference.

Accreditation

To get an accreditation for the plenary sessions (overview below and attached), please send an email to:

media@iass-potsdam.de, subject: 'Marine Regions Forum".

Congress venue: Vienna House Andel's Berlin, Landsberger Allee 106, 10369 Berlin

Press contact in Germany:

Matthias Tang

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS, Potsdam)

Phone: +49 (0)331 288 22-340

Email: matthias.tang@iass-potsdam.de

Press contact in France:

Brigitte Béjean

Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI, Paris)

Phone: + 33 6 03 26 93 57

Email: brigitte.bejean@iddri.org

As of 23 August 2019

Overview of the speakers at the Marine Regions Forum 2019

Monday, 30 Sept 2019, 10.00-12.00: Welcome and Opening Plenary

Welcome on behalf of the conference organizers

- Klaus Töpfer, TMG - ThinkTank for Sustainability, also on behalf of the 
  Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), and
  the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) 

Welcome on behalf of the German government

- Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, 
  Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany 

Video message

- Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and 
  Fisheries, European Commission 

Key note

- Hon. Bernhard Esau, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia (tbc) 

Opening Panel: "Achieving healthy oceans - challenges and opportunities"

- Brune Poirson, Minister of State, attached to the Ministre d'État, Minister 
  for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France (tbc)
- Antje Boetius, Director Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany
- David Obura, Director CORDIO East Africa, Kenya
- Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, 
  Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany 

Tuesday, 1 Oct 2019, 15.00-17.00:

Plenary "Ocean Governance post-2020 - The role of marine regions"

Key note statements

- Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC, Germany 

Video message

- Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean 

Panel reflections by

- Basile van Havre, Co-chair of CBD's Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 
  Global Biodiversity Framework (tbc)
- Charlotte Karibuhoye, Director MAVA Foundation, Senegal
- Per Wilhelm Schive, Deputy Director General, Ministry of the Environment, 
  Norway
- Andreas Papaconstantinou, Head of Unit, European Commission, 
  Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ocean Governance, Law 
  of the Sea, Arctic Policy 

Wednesday, 2 Oct 2019, 13.30-15.30:

Closing Plenary "Accelerating progress, creating new pathways"

Key note statement

- Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and 
  Nuclear Safety, Germany 

Closing panel

- Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director Oceans, The Nature Conservancy, U.S.
- Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization 
  (FAO)
- Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director-General, Global Issues, Federal Ministry for 
  Development and Economic Cooperation, Germany (tbc)
- Gilles Kleitz, Director for Natural Resources, Agriculture, Water, Forests and
  Oceans, Agence Française de Développement, France 

Official closure of the conference.

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